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The following op-ed ran in the January 20 Sun Sentinel

Florida is a large and diverse state. In the time and distance it takes to drive from Pensacola to Key West, you could drive from Madison, Wisc., to Washington, D.C. During those more than twelve hours of non-stop driving, more than 400 more people would have moved into the country's third most populated state.

Bordered on one side by the Atlantic Ocean and on the other three by suburban sprawl, Florida’s Hallandale Beach has marketed itself as Broward County’s “City of Choice.” For the hardworking women and men of AFSCME Local 2009 who have turned that marketing phrase into a strong sense of community, the choice they faced when negotiating a new contract was to either accept the status quo or to win recognition for the hard work they do.

AFSCME members supported Florida educators at this important rally and lobby day. The following photos were submitted by AFSCME Local 850's Carol Sawyer, Tom Wenz and Rita Ware. http://on.fb.me/1Q3sBOi

AFSCME Florida released the following statement from executive director Andy Madtes on Governor Rick Scott’s State of the State address:

“Governor Scott called for people to work together so Floridians can achieve their personal and professional dreams here in the Sunshine State. It is right to set ambitious goals but there must be a group dedicated to turning those into achievements, and that task falls to Florida’s state employees.

Sam Blittman understands that the key to a cross-country move is to find those things that make you feel at home. That’s why joining a union was one of the first things he thought of as he moved to Anchorage, Alaska.

And it’s also the first thing he thought of as he made his most recent move – again cross country – to the Tallahassee, Florida, area.

“My father was in a strong union, so my whole life I’ve known the importance and value that having a strong union has in a successful career, as well as helping better the community,” said Blittman.

The following story appeared on the Florida Bulldog site and can be found clicking here.

Florida’s coming war on collective bargaining for state employees

When Miami state Rep. Carlos Trujillo was interviewed on Spanish language radio station Actualidad 1020 he boldly proclaimed that Republicans will ask voters in 2018 to eliminate collective bargaining for state employees from the Florida Constitution.